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US condemns Russian move to annex Crimea, threatens new sanctions

Published on Mar 19, 2014 8:16 AM
 
Russia's President Vladimir Putin addresses a joint session of Russian parliament on Crimea in the Kremlin in Moscow on March 18, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The White House has condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine and said it was preparing a fresh round of sanctions in response to the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War.

"More is coming," said White House spokesman Jay Carney, on Tuesday, a day after the United States slapped sanctions on 11 Russian and Ukrainian officials, penalties that some critics said did not go far enough to get Moscow's attention.

As the United States and European allies seek coordinated responses to pressure Russia, President Barack Obama and the leaders of the other Group of Seven (G7) economies scheduled a meeting at The Hague next week to discuss Ukraine on the fringes of an already scheduled nuclear security summit.

The White House said in a statement the G7 meeting will focus on further steps that the grouping may take to respond to developments and to support Ukraine.

 
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